Full Size Printed Plan & Building Notes 1/2A combat *PAWN* Wingspan 28" Engine 1/2A
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Full Size Printed Plan & Building Notes
No material plans only
Developed as a result of the introduction of 1/2A combat at the Nationals, this little foam and wood fighter has all the performance needed to make it a winner at any contest.
FULL SIZE PLANS PRINTED ON SHEET 35” X 23”
SIX PAGES OF PHOTOS, and CONSTRUCTION NOTES
By PAUL SMITH
Half‑A combat has been around as a local event for many years. I got started in combat with 1/2A's in 1959 at the nearest school yard. In 1977, the custom of having 1/2A combat at the Nats as an unofficial event began.To many people's surprise, the event was taken seriously by many of the established combat winners. It has grown in acceptance and this year AMA's contest board has made it a supplemental event.
The Pawn was originally designed and built for the 1980 Nats in Wilmington, Ohio. The name was chosen because I feel that the airframe is only one of many factors in winning a combat event. Also, the typical tough‑guy names usually applied to combat models are a little exaggerated for a 1/2A. As in chess, with the proper strategy, the Pawn can defeat a more spectacular opponent. The '80 Nats was the first contest appearance for the Pawn, and my first 1/2A contest in five years. The result was a 2nd place finish with a 5‑1 record, including four kills. in addition, the 1/2A practice made a noticeable improvement in my reflexes, and helped me get out of a slump in fast combat.
This is a simple model to build if you are already into foam. Building your first two models in one week should be no problem. if you haven't cut any foam yet, why not start out with the Pawn? It's a fun plane for aerobatics and sport flying in addition to contest combat